Tony Greenstein on Israel’s and Mossad’s Involvement in the Anti-Semitism Smears

Tony Greenstein, that redoubtable foe of every kind of racism, anti-Semitism and Fascism, has published yet another invaluable piece attacking the Israel lobby, and specifically the Community Security Trust on his blog. The Community Security Trust are a charity dedicated to protecting Jews from anti-Semitism. However, they also have decided to take part in the Labour party’s witch hunt against genuine opponents of anti-Semitism to protect Israel.

Last year, the Israel lobby and the Blairites attempted to get Moshe Machover expelled from the Labour party for anti-Semitism. Prof. Machover is a respected Israeli academic and an authority on mathematical logic. He is also one of the founders of an Israeli socialist party, Matzpen, and a veteran critic of Israel’s persecution of the Palestinians. The witchfinders in the Labour party turned on him after he published a piece in the newspaper of Labour Party Marxists against Israel. This showed how the Zionists had collaborated with the Nazis, and how it exploits the Holocaust.

Prof. Machover was duly expelled, but had to be reinstated after there was a massive outcry against this foul treatment of a respected international figure. This has clearly rankled the Israel lobby, and now the Community Security Trust has demanded that he be expelled again for his comments about Israel’s exploitation of the Holocaust. They consider this a ‘vile slur’.

As with so much the Israel lobby objects to, this vile slur is absolutely spot-on accurate. Greenstein shows with example after example, how the Zionists did collaborate with the Nazis and how they continually exploit the Holocaust, particularly to demonise their international opponents, like Iran, and the Palestinians. He also quotes other Jewish and Israeli critics, who have also described this.

He goes on to discuss the Israeli’s hypocrisy over the Holocaust, as they exploit while welcoming real anti-Semites, like Hungary’s president Orban, to their country on diplomatic visits.

And he also describes how the Zionists have a deliberate strategy of trying to make Jews feel uncomfortable and frightened in order to encourage them to emigrate to Israel.

Among the many important facts his article contains is his discussion of the way Israel is attempting to monopolise all research and campaigning against anti-Semitism. Jewish editors in the Diaspora are under Israeli pressure either to merge their magazines on this important subject with Israeli publications, or to cease publication altogether. He writes

The background to the CST’s operations is what Tony Lerman, former Director of the Institute of Jewish Affairs and the Institute of Jewish Policy Research, described as ‘Israeli hegemony over the monitoring and combating of anti-Semitism.’ Lerman describes how, as the principal Editor of the Anti-Semitism World Report, he was put under pressure by London’s Mossad (MI6) representative either to cease publication or merge it with the Project for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Tel Aviv University under Professor Dina Porat, which was partly financed by Mossad. Porat is now the head of Yad Vashem and a dedicated Zionist Holocaust historian.

Lerman describes how, with the Mossad pressurising individual Jewish communities world-wide his World Report ceased publication in 1999. This was a time when Israel was fashioning the ‘new anti-Semitism’ into a potent weapon that Israel could use. It fed into the prevailing idea that Islam was the main source of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism was increasingly defined in terms of Muslims not fascists or genuine anti-Semites. [See Tony Lerman, Anti-Semitism Redefined in ‘On Anti-Semitism’, Jewish Voice for Peace, Haymarket Books, 2017].

In addition, Machover had also angered the Israel lobby in his article by naming an Israeli official as the person responsible for the campaign against Labour’s new guidelines on anti-Semitism .

Furthermore Moshe claimed that Gilad Erdan, Israeli Interior Minister and his Ministry of Strategic Affairs was behind the campaign against Labour’s new guidelines on anti-Semitism. How shameful, you might think, to draw attention to the elephant in the room.

Greenstein also describes how embarrassing recent statistics are for the CST and the Israel lobby. Real anti-Semitic incidents have actually declined over the past year. And diaspora Jews are determinedly staying put in their countries of origin, and not emigrating to Israel. Even worse, some of those who did, then returned to Europe.

This is the role of the CST which produces every 6 months an Anti-Semitic Incidents Report. The latest Report was not accompanied by the usual publicity and scare stories in the news papers. Why? Because the number of ‘anti-Semitic incidents’ in the first half of 2018 fell from 767 in the equivalent period in 2017 to 727 , that is a fall of 8% . Even worse from the Zionist perspective, the number of violent incidents fell by a massive 26% from 80 to 59 in the same period. For the third year none of these violent incidents were classed as ‘extreme’ which means they didn’t involve serious or indeed any injury.

I have commented before on how the small relationship of violent incidents to overall hate /incidents against Jews suggests that there is something dodgy in the latter figures. Usually there is a much larger proportion of assaults as part of overall hate incidents. In the case of religious attacks around 30% going up to 45% in the case of disability. Yet this year the proportion of violent attacks on Jews compared to overall hate incidents is just 8.1%, down from 10% last year. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the number of hate incidents in inflated by things like social media trivia and comments about Israel which are interpreted under the IHRA definition as anti-Semitism.

As for Jews emigrating to Israel

The CST is in the business of distorting and manipulating popular perceptions of anti-Semitism in the service of the Israeli state. The whole basis of Zionism is aliyah, the emigration of Jews to Israel. The only problem is that most diaspora Jews don’t want to live in Israel. Even when, as with France a few years ago, there was an upsurge of anti-Semitism and the murder of 4 Jews in the kosher supermarket, French Jews refused to come. Many of those who did come left again because their situation in France is so much better.

He then discusses as another example of the Israel lobby’s attempts to stifle criticism of Israel its campaign against a Muslim religious leader, Raed Saleh, by smearing him as a terrorist.

The CST’s attempts to get Prof. Machover expelled has, like the Blairites’ and Israel lobby’s smears and witch hunts against other Labour party members, nothing whatsoever to do with combating real anti-Semitism. It is all about suppressing criticism of Israel and it seven-decades old policy of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.

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